Pack behaviour & Training

The pack is the most important part of a dog´s life. It is the natural castle system or "pecking order" that dictates where each and every dog fits in. Wild dogs will form identical pack hierarchies just like wolves. The pack has a clearly defined rank ordering system with each animal at it´s own level, dominant over those below it on the ladder, subservient to those above it. The leader, identified as the "alpha" or first male, is usually the biggest, strongest, most keenly intelligent dog in the pack. All other pack members bend to the will of this leader unless they are ready to challenge him for the top spot. Pack behavior is something your pup already has understood when it get´s to your hom. It learned it from it´s mother. The mother is always in the leader of her litter pack, but the siblings work out who is the next in line and so forth. Understanding pack behavior is crutial to training your pet. Like using denning behavior in cratetraining, pack behavior can be used to make certain that your CzW knows it´s place within the family and is content with the arrangement. To avoid problems that can occurre with any dog of any breed, you will need to be the dominant leader. You will have to fill the "ALPHA SLOT". The other members of your family or house hold will be the other pack members with the dog fitting in neatly as the last one on the list. The pack is not some kind of power game everyone plays against the dog. Pack membership for a canine is as natural as any other instinctive behavior. It serves as an important ballast in the dog´s life providing the secure , appropriate rank placement , and sense of belonging that dogs need. A well-adjusted , well-socialized CzW needs to understand where it fits in within it´s social universe. You, or some other responsible human, will have to assume responsibility for seeing that this natural chain of command is instilled in your family and kept in place. You can observe pack behavior in any group of dogs. Two dogs meet for the first time. They stand rather stifflegged, often going through the sniffing ritual. Unless a fight is imminent, one dog will recognize that it is subservient to the other. The subservient dog will assume submersive demeanor and submissive things to show that it is to no threat to the dominant animal. Some of these sumersive behaviors are cringing, offering no defense, rolling over to it´s back, or even releasing small amounts of urine.

Socialization, training, and recreational activities:

CzWs are generally inclined to be friendly. This is usually true even with dogs that have not been properly socialized around people. Still, you will want to take no chances. From the time your puppy is tiny, you should encourage friends, strangers, and neighborhood kids of all ages to pick her up and play with her. Try to make your puppy's associations with humans overwhelmingly positive. Walk your puppy through crowded public places, such as street fairs, to get her accustomed to the presence of lots of people. With this breed, human-aggressiveness is rare. However, as in all breeds, there will occasionally be a human-aggressive individual--usually, but not always, the result of backyard breeding or neglect and abuse. Owning such a dog is, to say the least, a tremendous liability.

There are various degrees and causes of human-aggressiveness in dogs. Sometimes the problem is classic dominance-aggression, and it can be nipped in the bud at an early age if you appropriately reestablish your dominance. In any case, at the first sign of a problem, you should immediately seek expert help from a behaviorist or trainer with experience specifically with this breed. The socialization process cannot begin too early. Find other responsible owners of small puppies and non-aggressive adult dogs (all inoculated, of course) and make sure to have regular (daily, if possible) periods where the dogs can get together and play. Like human beings, dogs are social creatures. They are happiest in the company of their own kind. Yet playing with other dogs is not something that a dog is born knowing how to do; it is learned through experience: by imitation a puppy learns the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. You should closely supervise your puppy in these dog play groups.